St. Mary's Preparatory
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|St. Mary's Preparatory|
3535 Commerce Road|
Orchard Lake Village, Michigan 48324
"Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini"|
(The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Mary|
|Student to teacher ratio||12:1|
|Campus size||125 acres|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School League|
|Rival||Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, Detroit Catholic Central|
|Accreditation||Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association|
St. Mary's Preparatory
|Location||Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, Michigan|
|Architectural style||Gothic, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne|
|Part of||Orchard Lake Schools Historic District (#82002859)|
|Designated CP||March 19, 1982|
St. Mary's was founded in 1885 on Detroit's east side by Rev. Joseph Dabrowski as a school for Polish-American boys to train for the priesthood. The school moved to the 125 acre (0.5 km²) campus of the former Michigan Military Academy on the shores of Orchard Lake in 1909 and is still there today. St. Mary's now offers a college preparatory education. The campus is shared with SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and contains some offices and classrooms for Madonna University of Livonia, Michigan. The Felician Sisters from Livonia, Michigan have served the Orchard Lake Schools since 1935.
St. Mary’s academic program is designed to meet the basic entrance requirements for any college curriculum. Requirements for graduation are: four years of theology and English; three years of mathematics, science and social studies; three years of foreign language; and a semester each of computer programming, computer applications, physical education, health, fine arts, and speech. Students are required to fulfill 28 credits for graduation.
Although students need not be Catholic to attend St. Mary’s, all students are educated in the Catholic tradition. This tradition includes four years of theology in the classroom as well as attendance at Mass twice weekly. Class retreats and other activities are available for students. The school chaplain and many campus priests can guide students regarding their individual programs.
100 percent of St. Mary’s graduates who apply to college have been accepted. A full-time guidance counselor assists students in selecting colleges and universities. The school held the national record for most students from one year to go to the U.S. Naval Academy (4).
St. Mary’s Preparatory is fully accredited and licensed by the State of Michigan’s Department of Education, the Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA), and is a member of the Orchard Lake Schools, the Archdiocese of Detroit, the Detroit Catholic League, the Oakland Schools Consortium, and the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Campus and student life
Campus buildings include a hockey arena, volume library, a Marian grotto, a three-story residence hall, a bookstore, two gymnasiums, a science center, administration buildings, a laboratory and science building, a dining hall and the Shrine Chapel. It has a quarter of a mile of beach on Orchard Lake open only to members of the school.
About 90% of the school participates in sports. The school offers 14 varsity sports: football, basketball, baseball, bowling, track and field, cross country, golf, wrestling, rowing, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, skiing, and snowboarding. The Eaglets have won many league, district, and regional titles in its history. As of 2013[update] it had 31 Michigan State Championships. In 1998 the school's rowing team placed second in the Henley Royal Regatta. Since 1994 the Eaglet football team reached the state finals nine times, winning five times.
The athletic facilities include an athletic center with a hockey arena, a weight room, an indoor track, locker rooms, a banquet hall, and a basketball gymnasium. The crew team has its own boathouse just off Orchard Lake. Outdoors, St. Mary's has two football fields, two baseball diamonds, and a basketball court. The St. Mary's Ski team practices at Alpine Valley Snow Ski Area in White Lake, Michigan.
The Eaglets compete in the MHSAA Division I (ice hockey), II, and III, depending on the sport. In the Detroit Catholic League, they compete in the Central Division. St. Mary's fiercest rivals are De La Salle Collegiate High School, Birmingham Brother Rice, U of D Jesuit, and Catholic Central High School.
St. Mary's holds the largest high school fair in the country every year for fund-raising attracting thousands of people (http://www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com/).
The "Ark Building" (#9) contains the Polish Home Army Museum. The Ark Building also houses many other museums of Polish military history and Polish history in different rooms including: Reading Room of the Central-Archives of Polonia; Museum of Fr. Józef Dabrowski; Museum of the Polish Army Second Corps; Archive and Museum of Polonia Radio and TV, Robert Lewandowski Collection; Commemorative Room of Polish Diaspora; Archive, Library, and Museum of the First Polish Armored Division; Archive, Library, and Museum of the Polish Home Army AK; Archive, Library, and Museum of the Polish Air Force; Museum of the Singers Alliance of America – Circuit 4; Museum of the Polish National Alliance, Aloysius A. Mazewski Collection; Dr. Loda and Edward C. Rózanski Collection; Museum of the Polish Falcons – Nest 31; and the Museum of the Polish Association of Former Political Prisoners.
The Galeria (Building #8) features art by Polish artists, including painting, sculpture, china, and antique furniture.
The Galeria and museums area open for tours on Polish Sundays, the first Sunday of the month.
There are seven-day and five-day boarding students.
Notable former faculty
- Dan Gheesling, Winner of Big Brother 10. Asst. Coach of Football team, & Teacher of Health, Biology, & Physical Education at St. Mary's.
- Robert Bolden, former Penn State Nittany Lions and LSU Tigers quarterback
- Josh Bourke, a former Canadian football offensive lineman who spent the majority of his professional career with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL)
- David Bowens, a former American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL)
- Charles Davis, a former American football tight end
- Gary Ignasiak, a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played part of one season with the Detroit Tigers.
- Mike Ignasiak, a former MLB pitcher who pitched parts of four seasons in the major leagues between 1991 and 1995, all for the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Scott Kowalkowski, a former American football linebacker who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions in a ten-year career that lasted from 1991 to 2001 in the NFL.
- Kalin Lucas, an American professional basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League
- Adam Maida, a cardinal prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
- Grant Mason, a former American football cornerback
- Jim Paciorek, former professional baseball player.
- Jay Penske, an American media and publishing businessman
- Jeff Petry, professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL)
- Leonard Renfro, former American football defensive tackle who played two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL
- Allen Robinson, wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the NFL.
- Sam Rogers, a former American football linebacker in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, the San Diego Chargers, and the Atlanta Falcons
- Dion Sims, an American football tight end for the Chicago Bears of the NFL
- Morgan Trent, a former American football cornerback in the NFL.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "St. Mary's Handbook".
- "St. Mary's School Statistics".
- "OLSM Football Archives".
- "MHSAA Football Yearly Champions".
- "Museums". St. Mary's Prep. Retrieved 26 November 2015.